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About Walt

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    Lansing, MI
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    Retired Machinist

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  1. Newbi question

  2. Slip Sliding Away

    Everything I clear is either blacktop or concrete. I lift the blade as I transition to pushing the snow out into the side yards where I pile it. I found out many years ago if you clear down to the grass it takes a bit of time each spring for it to heal from being exposed thru the winter. As for the chains on front I'm happy with how well it now handles. So figuring out the tie rod clearance is all due to I have the chains so may as well figure out what I need to modify or do to mount them That was one of the things I was thinking about. I have a bag of tie wires in the garage for rebar figured I could wire the cross links 1 or 2 links shorter and see how the clearance works out before actually do any cutting.
  3. Manual Lift Broke

    Mine did this earlier this winter I found it was simply the cotter key had either came out of the trunion or had worn out and broke into pieces. If you remove the panel I am pointing to in the picture you will see the upper arm that the trunion goes into. I would look there first it is only 2 bolts to check it. There should be a diagram in the manuals and I'm sure one of our members will chime in with link to it in a few on this assembly.
  4. When I inherited my tractor after the death of one of my best friends it had front tires best described as balloons with groves in them. Since I don't work for a living I am able to stay on top of snow removal so the areas I cleared didn't tend to give me many issues when adjusting my path of travel and knowing how big of bite to take with the blade angled. I like to clear around 6 feet wide on both sides of my road where the city either doesn't get near the curb and traffic doesn't use till I clear it. Where I was having the sliding issues was when changing direction of travel and side of the roadway I was clearing. When crossing the snow packed down from traffic in middle of the road I had to either feather the clutch or drop to low range and or a lower gear depending on if snow pack had turned to ice. Last weekend I had finally had enough of that so started looking to replace my front tires. I ordered them from EBay on Monday evening and they arrived Wednesday. Thursday I pulled the wheels and ran them over to the former Wheelhorse dealer who sold me the NOS wheel weights and chains a couple of years back they charged 20.00 even to break down and mount the new tires. To me 20.00 was worth avoiding the headache of doing it myself. Friday was the first time with the new tires and it was like night and day I found I could even take bigger bites with the blade angled and switching directions across snow pack was done in high range 3rd gear. Just came back in from dressing up sides of street where the plow came through last night and pushed crap from middle of road to the sides that I keep clear and I'm kicking myself for not doing this a couple of years ago. I also bought a set of chains for the front. I mounted one and when I mounted the wheel I tested it and it hit the tie rod end so am not using them this year. I will see if I can figure out what needs to be done to get them to clear the tie rods next summer when its not in the low double digits outside. I have a couple of ideas and if I solve that issue I'll let ya know.
  5. Value

  6. And if you check vendors section Glen Pettit sells keys.
  7. Windshield Washer Sale

    Add says limit of 2 at .99
  8. So who plowed today?

    I decided since it will be in the upper 30's each of the next few days I should clean up the street before I did the drive ways and side walks. I did bust out my Troybilt two stage snow blower to dress up along the curb to make sure any melt can run down the road to the storm drains I cleared. My little Briggs motor impressed me when I decided I would clear the sidewalk around the property next to me that hadn't been cleared yet this season. Got me around 4 hours of seat time today.
  9. Waiting for snow

    While at Menards on Monday I seen they currently have a Stanley 1 amp tender on clearance I believe it was priced at 11.99.
  10. Waiting for snow

    I have a small 1 amp auto but I use it for an occasional slow maintenance charge on deep cell boat battery, and will do same to my truck that is in garage for this winter. As for my tractors battery I bought one from Menards last year or the year before and have never had a starting issue in my unheated garage. Only time I have had to charge it was this fall when I decided to pull the deck and mount the blade. I hadn't started my tractor in 6 or 7 months since one of the grand kids was using my john deer walk behind to mow a few of the lawns around here including mine.
  11. So who plowed today?

    I have had the pleasure of plowing 4 times this year. The first time I got 2 passes made on both sides of the road to open street to full width. Then did the side walks on both sides of street. But on my second time pushing up my kids drive across the street the lift didn't lift blade at end of pass and had to switch to my blower to finish hers' and my drives. It took me longer to remove the cover than it did to see the cotter pin had came out of the trunnion in the upper lift arm than it did to replace the cotter pin. On Saturday I felt like a kid chomping at the bit to play with their favorite toy I was up looking out the front door every 15 minutes or so looking at the fresh snow I got to clear that day. Today was the best tho it started to snow last night and I have gotten to plow 3 to 4 inches two times today. It is still snowing and blowing out there so I get to play in the snow again tomorrow.
  12. Key Off Stays Running

    The lug on the end of that wire had broken off and sure enough it was just hanging there took about 5 minutes to replace the end and reattach it to the spade it was originally connected to.
  13. I haven't ran my tractor since last spring due to a couple of my Grand Kids wanting to earn some money I let them use the walk behind to mow a few lawns. Yesterday I pulled both walk behind snow blowers out of the shed to prep them for upcoming winter. After I that I rolled my tractor out of the garage to start getting it ready for snow. I had to char battery it since it had set for 6 months or so. Once that was done and fuel was filling the fuel line it started fine. I let it run for a bit while getting lawn edger and shovel rounded up for today. When I went to shut tractor down I turned the key to off position and tractor stayed running turned it on and off couple of times and it continued to run. I lifted the seat and engaged the PTO and the tractor still stayed running. Do any of you have a direction for me to focus on when I dig into the cause of this over next few days while the rain keeps me from working with out a roof over my head. Tractor is a 1980 1100 Special with a BS engine.
  14. Snowblower

    I agree with bob and here is why. I picked up a snow thrower that was going to be scrapped for 40.00 and just like your's it was for a vertical shaft tractor. I spent quite a bit of time summer of 2016 converting it to run using my tractor. You will need to relocate at least one drive shaft bearing mount location and make a new drive shaft, oh and since the sprocket is welded on the original drive shaft plan on buying a new one. Then you will need to buy two more idler sprockets to reverse the auger rotation. You will need to buy a belt tensioner and spring mounting those was probably the only easy part of the process. The tensioners are no longer sold I lucked out and got one off a parts thrower. You either have to enlarge the opening were the chain goes from the drive shaft to the auger or relocate it depending on drive shaft bearing mount locations you choose. You will need a much longer chain. So unless you have access to a mill a lathe a welder some engineering skills and a lot of free time and 3 to 400.00 dollars your willing to put into the conversion look for one that will work on your tractor. Key when looking for a different snow thrower is if drive shaft is mounted low it is for vertical shaft engine and when mounted high it is for the horizontal shaft engines.